Nance Van Winckel is the author of nine books of poetry, most recently The Many Beds of Martha Washington (Pacific Northwest Poetry Series, 2021); Our Foreigner, winner of the Pacific Coast Poetry Prize (Beyond Baroque Press, 2017); and Book of No Ledge (Pleiades Press Visual Poetry Series, 2016). Of her five books of fiction, Ever Yrs, a scrapbook novel (Twisted Road Publications, 2014), is her most recent. She is especially interested in combining text and visual art as well as all manner of hybrid forms.

The recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts poetry fellowships, the Paterson Fiction Prize, a Christopher Isherwood Fiction Fellowship, and three Pushcart Prizes, Nance has taught in the MFA in Writing Program at VCFA since 1999. She lives in Spokane, WA, with her husband, artist Rik Nelson.

Her author website is:; her visual poetry website is


MA - Creative Writing | University of Denver

BA | University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Samuel Kọ́láwọlé

Faculty, MFA in Writing [fiction]

Elena Passarello

Faculty, MFA in Writing [CNF]

Bret Lott

Faculty, MFA in Writing [fiction/CNF]

Michael Croley

Faculty, MFA in Writing [fiction]

Miciah Bay Gault

Faculty, MFA in Writing [fiction]; Novel Retreat

Clint McCown

Faculty, MFA in Writing [fiction]